Jordan Timeline

Jordan Timeline


Timeline: Jordan

1948 - State of Israel created in British-mandate Palestine. Thousands of Palestinians flee Arab-Israeli fighting to West Bank and Jordan.

1950 - Jordan annexes West Bank.

1951 20 July - King Abdullah assassinated by Palestinian gunman angry at his apparent collusion with Israel in the carve-up of Palestine.

1952 11 August - Hussein proclaimed king after his father, Talal, is declared mentally unfit to rule.

1957 - British troops complete their withdrawal from Jordan.

1967 - Israel takes control of Jerusalem and West Bank during Six-Day War, major influx of refugees into Jordan.

1970 - Major clashes break out between government forces and Palestinian guerrillas resulting in thousands of casualties in civil war remembered as Black September.

1972 - Attempted military coup thwarted.

1974 - King Hussein recognises PLO as sole legitimate representative of Palestinian people.

1986 - Hussein severs political links with the PLO and orders its main offices to shut.

Hussein backs uprising

1988 - Hussein publicly backs the Palestinian uprising, or intifada, against Israeli rule.

1989 - Rioting in several cities over price increases.

1989 - First general election since 1967, contested only by independent candidates because of the ban on political parties in 1963.

1990 - Jordan comes under severe economic and diplomatic strain as a result of the Gulf crisis following Iraq's invasion of Kuwait.

1994 - Jordan signs peace treaty with Israel, ending 46-year official state of war.

1996 - Food price riots after subsidies removed under economic plan supervised by the International Monetary Fund.

1997 - Parliamentary elections boycotted by several parties, associations and leading figures.

1998 - King Hussein treated for lymphatic cancer in United States.

1999 January - After six months of treatment King Hussein returns home to a rousing welcome, but flies back to the US soon after for further treatment.

1999 February - King Hussein returns home and is put on a life support machine. He is pronounced dead on 7 February. More than 50 heads of state attend his funeral.

1999 7 February - Crown Prince Abdullah ibn al-Hussein is sworn in as king.

2000 September - A military court sentences six men to death for plotting attacks against Israeli and US targets.

2001 March - King Abdullah and presidents Bashar al-Assad of Syria and Hosni Mubarak of Egypt inaugurate a $300m (£207m) electricity line linking the grids of the three countries.

2002 January - Riots erupt in the southern town of Maan, the worst public disturbances in more than three years, following the death of a youth in custody.

2002 August - Spat with Qatar over a programme on Qatar-based Al-Jazeera TV which Jordan says insulted its royal family. Jordan shuts down Al-Jazeera's office in Amman and recalls its ambassador in Qatar.

2002 September - Jordan and Israel agree on a plan to pipe water from the Red Sea to the shrinking Dead Sea. The project, costing $800m, is the two nations' biggest joint venture to date.

2002 October - Senior US diplomat Laurence Foley is gunned down outside his home in Amman, in the first assassination of a Western diplomat in Jordan. Scores of political activists are rounded up.

2003 June - First parliamentary elections under King Abdullah II. Independent candidates loyal to the king win two-thirds of the seats.

2003 August - Bomb attack on Jordan's embassy in the Iraqi capital Baghdad kills 11 people, injures more than 50.

2003 September - Jordan's Central Bank retracts its decision to freeze accounts belonging to leaders of Hamas.

2003 October - A new cabinet is appointed following the resignation of Prime Minister Ali Abu al-Ragheb. Faisal al-Fayez is appointed prime minister. The king also appoints the three female ministers.

2004 February - Jordan's King Abdullah and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad launch the Wahdah Dam project at a ceremony on the River Yarmuk.

2004 April - Eight Islamic militants are sentenced to death for killing a US government official in 2002.

Authorities seize cars filled with explosives and arrest several suspects said to be linked to al-Qaeda and planning chemical bomb attack on intelligence services HQ in Amman.

2005 March - Jordan returns its ambassador to Israel after a four-year absence. Amman recalled its envoy in 2000 after the outbreak of the Palestinian uprising.

2005 April - A new cabinet is sworn in, led by Prime Minister Adnan Badran, after the previous government resigns amid reports of the king's unhappiness over the pace of reforms.

2005 August - Three missiles are fired from the port of Aqaba. Two of them miss a US naval vessel a third one lands in Israel. A Jordanian soldier is killed.

2005 November - Sixty people are killed in suicide bombings at three international hotels in Amman. Al-Qaeda in Iraq claims responsibility. Most of the victims are Jordanians. A day of mourning is declared.

2006 8 June - Iraq's prime minister announces that Jordanian-born Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq, has been killed in an air strike.

2006 August - King Abdullah criticises the United States and Israel over the fighting in Lebanon.

2006 September - A gunman opens fire on tourists at the Roman amphitheatre in Amman, killing a British man.

2007 July - First local elections since 1999. The main opposition party, the Islamist Action Front, withdraws after accusing the government of vote-rigging.

2007 November - Parliamentary elections strengthen position of tribal leaders and other pro-government candidates. Fortunes of the opposition Islamic Action Front decline. Political moderate Nader Dahabi appointed prime minister.

2008 August - King Abdullah visits Iraq. He is the first Arab leader to visit the country since the US invasion in 2003.

2009 July - Military tribunal sentences an Al-Qaeda militant to death for his involvement in the 2003 killing of US diplomat Laurence Foley in Amman.

2009 December - King Abdullah appoints new premier to push through economic reform.


1999 February - King Hussein dies, his eldest son Crown Prince Abdullah succeeds to the throne.

2000 September - A military court sentences six men to death for plotting attacks against Israeli and US targets.

2001 March - King Abdullah and presidents Bashar al-Assad of Syria and Hosni Mubarak of Egypt inaugurate a $300m (£207m) electricity line linking the grids of the three countries.

2002 January - Riots erupt in the southern town of Maan, the worst public disturbances in more than three years, following the death of a youth in custody.

2002 September - Jordan and Israel agree on a plan to pipe water from the Red Sea to the shrinking Dead Sea. The project, costing $800m, is the two nations' biggest joint venture to date.

2002 October - Senior US diplomat Laurence Foley is gunned down outside his home in Amman by al-Qaeda fighters, in the first assassination of a Western diplomat in Jordan. Scores of political activists are rounded up.

2003 June - First parliamentary elections under King Abdullah II. Independent candidates loyal to the king win two-thirds of the seats.

2004 February - King Abdullah and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad launch the Wahdah Dam project at a ceremony on the River Yarmuk.


Jordan Timeline - History

The One That Started It All: A History of the Jordan 1

Whatever adjective you want to ascribe to it, the most telling thing about the Air Jordan 1 is that the Air Jordan 1 exists because Michael Jordan didn't want to sign with Nike. As history would have it, Jordan's favorite shoe to ball in during college was Converse's Chuck Taylor, a shoe that no one would dream of seriously playing in today. But Jordan loved the shoe and wanted to sign with Converse as his career in the NBA began.

Nike drove a hard bargain (going so far as to ask his parents to drag him to Nike's campus in Beaverton, Oregon). The pitch from Nike was comprehensive: they were going to create a whole brand around Jordan, push him forward as the face for the brand, and make his wildest dreams come true. But Jordan wasn’t convinced: he didn’t like the shoes – Nike’s soles were too thick, he couldn’t feel the court under his feet. Nike capitulated on that point, it was an easy change for them to make. So they did, and the Air Jordan 1 was born. What happened over the next few years would change the direction of Nike and sneaker culture forever.

Nike’s creative director, Peter C. Moore, was tasked with designing Jordan’s first shoe. The rookie gave Moore a little direction (that the shoe needed to be “different” and “exciting,” plus the aforementioned desire to be lower to the ground), and initially hated what Moore created saying, “I’m not wearing that shoe. I’ll look like a clown.” But the shoe design that we’ve come to know grew on him and it was time to release it to the masses.

The Jordan 1 launched in 1985 at the tail end of Jordan’s rookie year, and since it wasn’t going to be ready until November, Jordan played in a different sneaker: Nike’s Air Ship. They chose the Air Ship because it shares a lot of similar design elements to the Jordan 1, and they wanted to fool the world. On the TV screens and film cameras in 1985 it was hard to distinguish an Air Ship from what would become the Air Jordan, and Nike wanted to sell those Jordans, so they let the deception endure. It was that little visual trick that lead to one of the greatest sneaker legends of all time.

The first Jordan 1 that sneaker fans think of when they think of the Air Jordan 1 is the “Banned” colorway, also known as the “Bred” or Black and Red. They’re called the “Banned” because the story goes that Jordan was fined $5000 per game that he wore them since they broke league uniform rules. It’s true that Jordan wore Black and Red sneakers, and it’s true that NBA commissioner Russ Granik sent Nike a letter about the shoes, but the rest of it is pure legend as far as anyone can tell. The shoes in question were Air Ships, and he wore them only once on October 18, 1984, before the season officially began – the letter was a warning, not a levy of a fine. There’s no confirmation of any subsequent violations, except photos of Jordan wearing the Air Jordan 1s in the same colorway during the 1985 Dunk Contest. There’s no confirmation of any fines.

The reality didn’t matter. As soon as word got out that the NBA wasn’t happy with Jordan’s footwear in the fall of 1984, Nike and their advertising agency (Chiat/Day) jumped on it immediately. Scant weeks went by before a new ad appeared on televisions all over the country:

”On October 15, Nike created a revolutionary new basketball shoe,” the narrator intones. “On October 18, the NBA threw them out of the game. Fortunately, the NBA can't stop you from wearing them. Air Jordans. From Nike."

That’s all anybody needed. The shoes dropped and sold out immediately. Nike set retail at $65 a piece, expensive for their time, and they sold out as quickly as they do today. Resellers even made a few bucks at the time, flipping the shoes for $100—a habit that basically had no precedent.

During that first season, and that first go around with the sneaker, Nike released 13 colorways of the shoe. The famous “Banned,” “Chicago,” “Royal,” “Black Toe,” “Shadow,” and “Carolina Blue” colorways, as well as Black & White, Blue & White, Metallic Red, Metallic Purple, Metallic Blue, Metallic Green, and Natural Grey. Although dozens of Jordan 1 colorways have followed these first 13, those colorways will always stand as the base for what the Air Jordan 1 would grow to become. As weird as it might sound now however, back in 1985, the shoe meant less than the man, and the 1 was no more powerful than the models that would follow them.

Until, of course, Jordan retired.

As quickly as the shoes sold out, Nike restocked them. But they made too many the second time, and they sat on the shelves. And sat. And sat. They sat for years, literally, eventually getting marked down in some places all the way to $20, and many retailers just pulled them off the shelves to marinate in the stockroom, forgotten for a generation. The Jordan 1 was quickly overshadowed by later models, especially the Jordan 3, and effectively forgotten.

The 1985 flood of Jordan 1s on the market came at the same time that the skateboarding community was looking for something new, and the two communities converged. With Jordan 1s sitting on shelves for $20, and skaters looking for affordable sneakers that were more robust than the canvas shoes they were wearing, it was a perfect marriage. Although skate culture has done little to drive the success of Air Jordan, the culture has helped to drive sneaker culture writ large: you need look no further than Nike’s SB Dunk program years later (the Dunk, it should be noted, shares a lot of aesthetic similarities to the Jordan 1). This seemingly random pairing would pay off years later when Nike’s Skateboarding program got their hands on the sneaker officially with a Lance Mountain collaboration and others.

The restock of Air Jordan 1s in 1985 also explains why, although still rare, it's easy to find pairs from that year. Determining the street value for these shoes is nearly impossible because despite their rarity, serious demand is also limited. But limited at a high cost. Depending on their condition and provenance, pairs have sold in recent years for anywhere between $3,000 and $33,000. High selling price aside, it’s worth noting: 30-plus years later, the soles will no longer walk without crumbling, so only the most committed collectors keep them as cultural artifacts and monuments to successful design.

After 1986, the Jordan 1 was shelved for almost a decade, but before that sabbatical came a short mysterious chapter. Around the same time that the Jordan 1 released for the first time, the Air Jordan K.O. released as well. Known as the “AJKO,” the shoe features the same colorways as the Jordan 1, with almost exactly the same upper, but made of canvas and given a couple tweaks. There’s almost no contemporaneous documentation of why Nike created the shoe, who the target market was, or even an official word on what “K.O.” stands for. Most assume it means “Knock Out,” but there’s no primary source to offer clarity. Unless there are still hidden secrets in the Nike vault, we may never know. The AJKOs were retired along with the classic leather version, and that seemed to be the end of the shoe.

As the world followed Michael Jordan’s career, they also followed what was on his feet. And each year, with the release of a new game shoe, there was a new sneaker to buy. Back then the Air Jordan 1 wasn’t called “The Air Jordan 1.” None of the shoes were numbered. They were all merely “Air Jordans” and what you got was what was in stores. But in 1994, eight years after the last produced Air Jordan 1, Jordan Brand had the crazy idea of bringing back a piece of history. So they re-released some colorways, mainly the “Banned” and “Chicago” colorways. Surprisingly, it was pretty much a dud.

Barons minor league baseball team—a source of major sneaker inspiration in later years. In hindsight, there’s no question over the circumstances of Jordan’s decision or how it fit into his own life’s journey, but it was a doozy for his fans—and it showed in sneaker sales. Consumers were confused over Jordan’s move to baseball and, while searching for new basketball heroes, they were less than enthusiastic about the prospect of buying sneakers that commemorated Jordan’s supposedly finished NBA career. It was also the first time a sneaker brand brought a sneaker back that had gone out of production in this way. In 2017 there’s a “retro” sneaker release almost every week, but in the mid 1990s the mere idea of bringing a sneaker back from the dead didn’t make sense. The technology was old and history was happening on TV (except for when history was Jordan swinging bats at laced balls). Nostalgia hadn’t kicked in yet.

Jordan returned to the game of basketball again the next year. And then retired again in 1999. He came back in 2001 and so did the Jordan 1. Over the following three years, Jordan Brand brought back a couple of the classic 13 colorways (Royals and Breds), as well as released a small number of new colorways on the old shoe that would become classics like the Japan Navy, White Chrome (that featured a Jumpman logo instead of a swoosh), Black/Metallic Gold, and introduced the sneaker in a low profile version—the first change to the silhouette since the AJKO. Michael Jordan officially retired for the final time in 2003, and Jordan Brand retired the Jordan 1 the following year in 2004.

Until it came back for good.

In April of 2007, Air Jordan released the Jordan 1 as a two pack they called “Old Love, New Love” that included a retro of the original “Black Toe” colorway paired with an entirely new pair that was black and yellow. Hardcore Jordan fans were mixed on the New Love colorway since it was one of very few new takes on the sneaker in its 22-year history. After the original 13 colorways, very few new additions had been made to the color history and sneakerheads weren’t ready to open their hearts to New Love quite yet. That was too bad, because the floodgates were about to open.

Once the “Old Love, New Love” pack dropped, the metaphorical hose turned on and the following ten years featured a deluge of new colorways. In the first month there were ten colorways (with very few worthy of note). Then, in June, the audacious “Alpha” with a screen printed image of Jordan on the quarter appeared. That was certainly something new.

The following years brought changes to the silhouette that traced style trends. Straps were added, a “Phat” version injected more padding. In 2010 the “Air Jordan 1 Alpha” warped the whole thing to look like a nightmarish version of the future, while the “Anodized” put the whole shoe through a VacTech treatment like it were wrapped in Spandex. The years went by with very few new releases of note (the silver “25th Anniversary” pairs from 2009 still hold up, Dave White’s collaboration from 2011 still has some rabid fans, and the SB take that Lance Mountain offered in 2014 was a seminal moment), until the end of 2014 when Air Jordan released their collaboration with Fragment Design.

When pictures of the “Frags” first surfaced, there seemed to be little to them. The color scheme was the same as the Black Toes, except Hiroshi Fujiwara used the blue from the Royals instead of the traditional Chicago red. There was also a debossed Fragment logo at the heel. For one or many reasons (either because the shoes were so limited, or they kept with a recognizable theme, or stayed within the core four colors), the shoes were hunted down ruthlessly and immediately became the hottest ticket in town. Until the Frags, the only Jordan 1 releases that commanded that kind of attention were from the original 13 colorways, and even then it was mostly just five or six of them. The release of the Fragment 1s represented a modern reclamation of a sneaker that was nearly 30 years old.

After the Frags came a host of new colorways hit in 2016 that would outpace their more traditional siblings: Shattered Backboards (both Home and Away, inspired by Jordan’s shattered backboard moment in Turin, Italy), swooshless lows in pastels, and a “Top 3” take that blended Breds, Black Toes, and Royals onto one shoe. Now, more than halfway through 2017 we’ve already seen the All-Star 1s fly off the shelf through multiple restocks, and Spike Lee’s incredibly limited “Mars Blackmon Promo” pairs that demand blistering prices. But 2017 isn’t done quite yet.

In perhaps the most highly anticipated sneaker release of the year, Virgil Abloh and Off-White have gotten their hands on the Jordan 1. Abloh has conceptually deconstructed the sneaker (along with nine other Nike silhouettes) as a part of his “The Ten” collection, in a treatment he’s named “Revealing.” If you squint, the shoes look just like the Chicago Jordan 1s with all the constituent pieces, but Abloh has put the pieces together in a way that reveals how they’re made, what makes them, and flips our expectations of what the shoe should, and could, mean. Whether it’s the tacked on Swoosh that replaces a normal panel, pieces that are punched for stitches but aren’t stitched, or a sole unit with “AIR” written directly on it, the components force us to recognize our expectations and assumptions about this most iconic of sneakers.

32 years is a long time for a sneaker to be continually reimagined, recontextualized, and reinjected into the culture, but 32 years after the shoe first made it to the market, Abloh has blasted it apart so we can see how we got here through in concept and materials. 32 years later the shoe will be hunted after like it was the first time, proving there’s a long future ahead of it.


The History Of Every Air Jordan


After many disappointing seasons, the fortunes of the Chicago Bulls began to turn around the night of June 19, 1984, when they drafted a 21-year-old from Wilmington, North Carolina named Michael Jordan. By the end of the 1984-85 season, the dazzling rookie had become the talk of the league and helped the Bulls break through to the playoffs. Now more than 30 years later, Jordan’s impact on the game of basketball is unmatched. The same can also be said for the effect of his Air Jordan on the sneaker industry.

After Jordan was drafted and began looking for a sneaker endorsement deal, he set his sights set on his favorite brand, adidas. But adidas was in a state of upheaval. Company founder Adi Dassler had recently passed away, and tensions were high due to reshuffling within the organization. Adidas made Jordan no offers, and so with the support of his father, Jordan began to look elsewhere.

He’d always worn Converse while playing at the University of North Carolina, and although the brand already had superstars like Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, and Julius “Dr. J” Erving, Jordan landed a meeting with the brand. He attended a pitch along with his father James where Converse promised to treat Jordan the same as the rest of its all-stars. This wasn’t enough for Jordan’s father, who asked the Converse representatives if they had any fresh ideas. Converse said it couldn’t justify paying Michael more than any of their three top athletes. Jordan’s father was unimpressed.

Enter Nike. Jordan’s agent David Falk had a long-standing relationship with Nike’s “deal man,” Rob Strasser, and knew that the brand desperately wanted a new marquee athlete. Although it began as a fast-rising star in the world of athletic brands, Nike stagnated a bit in the mid-80s. A boost to their image, product, and marketing was needed, and they decided Jordan was the solution.

It almost didn’t happen, however. Jordan was weary of any more pitches. He told Falk to get him the deal with adidas and be done with it. But Falk persisted and finally got Jordan on a plane to Nike headquarters in Oregon.

Once he arrived, Jordan mentioned that one of the reasons he liked adidas sneakers was because they were lower to the ground than most of the shoes Nike was producing. Unlike the rest of of the pitches he’d heard, Nike was willing to work with Jordan, and said it could tailor a shoe to his liking. Jordan was offered a 5-year/$500,000 per year contract, which was an unprecedented amount at the time.

Jordan accepted, and everyone immediately got to work. Nike committed to putting $1 million into marketing the shoes. Falk came up with the name Air Jordan in the first week. When designing the Air Jordan I shoes, Nike intuited that all Jordan shoes needed to be recognizable merely by their silhouette — bold and unsurpassed in style by any other performance basketball shoe on the market. And thus, the Air Jordan’s crossover appeal to the casual and fashion worlds was established.

Soon, Jordan was breaking the rather conservative NBA uniform rules with a flashy new pair of black and red sneakers every time he set foot on the court. Inspired by the Nike Dunk, the original Air Jordans were relatively simple, but they created an aesthetically pleasing silhouette and were recognizable from across the room. Jordan was fined $5,000 for every game he wore them. Nike gladly paid each fine, and a significant buzz began to build up around the footwear. Nike made a commercial actually bragging that the shoes were banned, which only made them more desirable. This occurred before the shoe was even available to the general public, creating a precursor to today’s sneaker hype.

By the end of the 1984-85 season, Michael Jordan had been named Rookie of the Year, averaging 28.2 points per game, and his star was clearly on the rise. Jordan quickly evolved from a humble rookie into the NBA’s biggest attraction, and his shoes were an important part of that. Air Jordan 1s hit stores nationwide in March of 1985 at $65 a pair. By May, Nike had sold $70 million worth.

That was only the beginning. More than 30 years later, the Air Jordan line has become a legend in the world of athletic footwear. They are more than just shoes to their owners. Air Jordans have become a way of life.

A TIMELINE OF EVERY AIR JORDAN

The history of Air Jordans is one of impeccable timing, visionary design, and one incredible athlete.

Air Jordan 1

Designer: Peter Moore
Released: 1985
Original Price: $65

The sneaker that started it all. The original Air Jordan 1 remains one of the most popular sneakers of all time, and is always in high demand when re-released, especially in its original colorways. The Air Jordan I was the only Air Jordan shoe to feature a prominent Nike Swoosh and also introduced the Jordan wings logo.

Air Jordan 2

Designer: Bruce Kilgore
Released: 1986
Original Price: $100

By 1986, Michael Jordan’s star had risen considerably, and the Air Jordan 1 had been an unprecedented success. So the second design needed to feature something new and fresh. Known as the first “luxury” sneaker, the Air Jordan 2 had an Italian-inspired design. It featured premium leather with faux lizard skin detailing. A bold move at the time, Nike decided to drop the Swoosh from the shoe’s design, allowing the Air Jordan name to stand on its own.

Air Jordan 3

Designer: Tinker Hatfield
Released: 1988
Original Price: $100

The Air Jordan 3 brought even more recognition to the Air Jordan line. The first Air Jordan model designed by now-legendary Nike designer Tinker Hatfield, the shoe turned heads with its use of the now-iconic elephant print paneling at the toe and heel. The Air Jordan 3 was also the first Jordan shoe to feature the iconic Jumpman logo. The introduction of the Air Jordan 3 was boosted by a TV commercial that featured director/actor Spike Lee as Mars Blackmon.

Air Jordan 4

Designer: Tinker Hatfield
Released: 1989
Original Price: $110

The Air Jordan line’s popularity continued to grow in 1989 with the release of the Air Jordan 4. The second Jordan sneaker designed by Tinker Hatfield, the Air Jordan 4 is characterized by large mesh panels on the midfoot and tongue along with large “wings” incorporated into the lacing system. Jordan’s most famous moment in the Air Jordan 4 was his game-winning basket in the 1990 NBA playoffs versus the Cleveland Cavaliers that would become known simply as “The Shot.”

Air Jordan 5

Designer: Tinker Hatfield
Released: 1990
Original Price: $125

Michael Jordan’s signature sneaker got even more flashy with the Air Jordan 5 in 1990. Taking inspiration from World War II-era fighter planes with shark head paint jobs, designer Tinker Hatfield added tooth-like detailing to the midsole. Reflective silver material was added to the tongue, which made it pop when hit with a camera flash. The Air Jordan 5 was also the first time that a clear rubber outsole was used in the series.

Air Jordan 6

Designer: Tinker Hatfield
Released: 1991
Original Price: $125

Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls team finally won an NBA championship in 1991. The sneaker on MJ’s feet for the first of his many titles was the Air Jordan 6. Like the Air Jordan 5, Jordan’s sixth signature shoe featured clear rubber on the outsole and visible Air in the heel. But the Air Jordan 6 had a sleeker design and included a rubber tongue with two large holes and a heel tab for easy access.

Air Jordan 7

Designer: Tinker Hatfield
Released: 1992
Original Price: $125

The Air Jordan 7 was a bit more streamlined than a few of the previous Air Jordan models, with a back-to-basics design by Tinker Hatfield. The Air Jordan 7 dropped the visible Air in the heel and incorporated elements from the Nike Huarache such as a neoprene inner bootie that supported the foot. The sharp lines of the upper and outsole of the shoe were inspired by traditional African artwork and design.

Air Jordan 8

Designer: Tinker Hatfield
Released: 1993
Original Price: $125

In 1993, Michael Jordan continued his dominance on the court in the new Air Jordan 8. Once again designed by Tinker Hatfield, the shoe featured a cross-strap system to lock down the foot during play. The design is accented with graphic panels at the heel. The Air Jordan 8 was what Jordan wore when he completed his first “Three-Peat” with the Bulls.

Air Jordan 9

Designer: Tinker Hatfield
Released: 1993
Original Price: $125

Michael Jordan retired at the height of his success after winning his third NBA title, in 1993. While Jordan was off playing minor league basketball, Nike continued the Air Jordan line. Tinker Hatfield’s Air Jordan 9 had an international theme, playing off the fact that Michael Jordan was at this point a globally-known athlete. The characters of multiple languages are found on the sole, while the heel of the shoe featured a Jumpman logo over the Earth.

Air Jordan 10

Designer: Tinker Hatfield
Released: 1994
Original Price: $125

With Michael Jordan still retired when it came time to design the Air Jordan 10, Tinker Hatfield gave the shoe a commemorative theme by listing the career highlights of His Airness on the outsole. The upper features a relatively simple design, crafted in premium leather with a quick-lacing system. When Jordan decided to come back to the NBA in 1995, the Air Jordan 10 was the shoe on his feet for the rest of the season.

Air Jordan 11

Designer: Tinker Hatfield
Released: 1995
Original Price: $125

Hailed by many as the greatest Air Jordan model ever, the Air Jordan 11 released in 1995 and was worn by Michael Jordan during the Bulls’ historic 72-win season that culminated in Jordan's fourth NBA title. Tinker Hatfield's design was unlike any basketball shoe before it. The Air Jordan 11 featured a ballistic nylon base with shiny patent leather wrapping above the translucent outsole. In addition to being one of the most popular sneakers of all time, the Air Jordan 11 was also immortalized on the silver screen when it appeared in the classic film Space Jam.

Air Jordan 12

Designer: Tinker Hatfield
Released: 1996
Original Price: $135

The beloved Air Jordan 11 was a hard act to follow, but Tinker Hatfield produced another hit in 1996 with the Air Jordan 12. Inspired by the Japanese rising sun motif, the shoe featured a distinct two-tone color block with full grain leather for the body and basketball-textured pebbled leather for the large panels that run from the toe to midfoot. The Air Jordan 12 was the first of Michael Jordan’s signature shoes to be released under the newly created Jordan Brand imprint of Nike.

Air Jordan 13

Designer: Tinker Hatfield
Released: 1997
Original Price: $150

Inspired by Michael Jordan’s “Black Cat” nickname, the Air Jordan 13 features a fierce design modeled after a panther. The upper features a holographic “eye” jewel at the heel, while the shape of the outsole is reminiscent of the big cat's paw. The Air Jordan 13 was the first model since the Air Jordan 2 to be available at launch in both a low-top and mid-top version.

Air Jordan 14

Designers: Tinker Hatfield, Mark Smith
Released: 1998
Original Price: $150

The Air Jordan 14 is most noteworthy for being the last sneaker that Jordan wore as a member of the Chicago Bulls. Jordan debuted the shoe during the 1998 NBA Finals, capping off his legendary Bulls career with the memorable “Last Shot,” a championship-clinching jumper in Game 6. Tinker Hatfield teamed up with Mark Smith to create the shoe, which was inspired by the clean lines of a Ferrari as a nod to Jordan’s love of exotic sports cars.

Air Jordan 15

Designer: Tinker Hatfield
Released: 1999
Original Price: $150

Jordan announced his retirement in January 1999, so for the Air Jordan 15, Hatfield was challenged to come up with a unique shoe that Michael would never wear on the court. The heel counter contained numbers that corresponded with special details of Jordan’s career — his jersey number, the number of titles he won, his birthday, and also the shoe's model number. The unusual tongue design jutting forward was an ode to Jordan’s habit of sticking out his tongue when he took a shot.

Air Jordan 16

Designer: Wilson Smith III
Released: 2001
Original Price: $160

Things transitioned for Nike and Jordan during the early 2000s. Jordan was moving into his role as part owner and president of basketball operations for the Washington Wizards, and Wilson Smith was appointed the new designer for the latest Air Jordan model. The Air Jordan 16 was made of full-grain leather and featured a shroud lace cover inspired by fine dress shoes. The Air Jordan 16 would also be the first shoe on Michael’s feet for his return to the court in 2001 with the Wizards.

Air Jordan 17

Designer: Wilson Smith III
Released: 2002
Original Price: $200

After wearing the Air Jordan 16 during the 2001-02 NBA preseason, Jordan switched to the brand-new Air Jordan 17 for the remainder of the season. Designed by Wilson Smith, the Air Jordan 17 took inspiration from jazz. Music notes were part of the design of the snap-on lace cover. The design also took cues from Aston Martin cars, while the outsole mimics the look of a golf course.

Air Jordan 18

Designer: Tate Kuerbis
Released: 2003
Original Price: $175

The Air Jordan 18 was the last sneaker Michael Jordan ever wore while playing an NBA game. It was also the first Air Jordan designed by Tate Kuerbis, who took inspiration from the sleek design of Formula 1 race cars as well as the streamlined design of the suede footwear drivers in the sport wear. Just like a race car, the shoe was packed with plenty of high-performance tech, including a full-length Zoom Air unit in the sole and carbon fiber support.

Air Jordan 19

Designers: Tate Kuerbis, Wilson Smith III, Jason Mayden, Josh Heard, and Suzette Henri
Released: 2004
Original Price: $165

The bold design of the Air Jordan 19 features a stealthy design inspired by the black mamba snake. The unique lace cover is constructed in a material called Tech Flex that was designed for extra support has also compared to a fencing mask. The Air Jordan 19 originally released in three different versions: the initial “shrouded” construction, the "SE" with no lace cover, and a low-top edition.

Air Jordan 20

Designer: Tinker Hatfield
Released: 2005
Original Price: $175

For the special occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Air Jordan line, Tinker Hatfield returned to design the Air Jordan 20. One of the most unique silhouettes in the entire Air Jordan series, the Jordan 20 features a free-floating ankle collar that connects to the rest of the shoe at the heel. The luxurious yet sporty design was partly inspired by Michael Jordan’s love for motorcycle racing. It also introduced the now-iconic lasered graphic with nods to Jordan’s career achievements.

Air Jordan 21

Designer: D’Wayne Edwards
Released: 2006
Original Price: $175

The Air Jordan 21 returned to more of a traditional sneaker silhouette but preserved the luxurious and ultra-sporty design. The lush red suede was the most famous of the original colorways. Once again turning to luxury automobiles for inspiration, the design was based off of the Bentley Continental GT, with the mesh panels near the base of the shoe modeled after the car’s grill. Another high-end feature of the Air Jordan 21 was the interchangeable “pod” cushioning in the heel that offered Zoom Air or Nike’s standard encapsulated Air.

Air Jordan 22

Designer: D’Wayne Edwards
Released: 2007
Original Price: $165

The Air Jordan line went into stealth mode in 2007 for the Air Jordan 22. The sleek design of the shoe was inspired by the Raptor F-22 fighter jet, borrowing the cutting edge military aircraft’s sharp lines and speedy look. All versions of the Air Jordan 22 were built in premium leather, and it was also released in a limited edition pebbled basketball leather upper.

Air Jordan 23

Designer: Tinker Hatfield
Released: 2008
Original Price: $185

Michael Jordan made 23 one of the most famous numbers in sports history, so it only made sense that the Air Jordan 23 live up to the number's legacy. Tinker Hatfield’s design certainly didn’t disappoint, as the blend of luxury and performance achieved in the Air Jordan 23 quickly became regarded as one of the best models released after Jordan’s retirement.

Air Jordan 2009

Designer: Jason Mayden
Released: 2009
Original Price: $190

In 2009, Jordan Brand decided to change the naming convention of their flagship model. Instead of Air Jordan 24, they named it after the year, thus the Air Jordan 2009. The Jason Mayden-designed shoe featured diamond-cut detailing and was characterized by sharp lines and luxe materials across the upper. The design also introduced a new technology to Air Jordan shoes: a separated heel platform named Articulated Propulsion Technology modeled after carbon fiber leg prosthetics for athletes.

Air Jordan 2010

Designers: Tinker Hatfield, Mark Smith
Released: 2010
Original Price: $170

Pushing the boundaries of sneaker design once again, Tinker Hatfield and Mark Smith created one of the most unique Air Jordans yet with the Air Jordan 2010, featuring clear windows on each side of the upper for a see-through effect. The theme of transparency continued on the clear outsole which allowed for a look at the full-length Zoom Air unit. Dwyane Wade helped debut the Air Jordan 2010 shortly after his move from Converse to Jordan Brand.

Air Jordan 2011

Designers: Tinker Hatfield, Tom Luedecke
Released: 2011
Original Price: $180

The Air Jordan 2011 allowed the wearer to “Choose Your Flight” with interchangeable insoles for different cushioning options. One “Quick” sole utilized Zoom Air ideal for the faster play of guards, while the “Explosive” sole was built with softer encapsulated Air for big men. The versatile performance was complemented with a clean look for the upper in premium textured leather.

Air Jordan 2012

Designers: Tinker Hatfield, Tom Luedecke
Released: 2012
Original Price: $180

Building off the interchangeable cushioning options for the Air Jordan 2011, the Air Jordan 2012 added even more customization. In addition to three cushioning systems available in three different insoles, the sneaker also featured two drop-in booties for a variety of support options. There was a standard mid top and an extra high top with a velcro strap for a lockdown fit.

Air Jordan 28

Designer: Tinker Hatfield
Released: 2013
Original Price: $250

The Air Jordan line reached new heights in 2013 with the release of the Air Jordan 28. The radical design by Tinker Hatfield featured an ultra-high shroud covering the entire upper and extending up past the ankle. The bold and stealthy design also debuted Jordan Brand’s new Flight Plate technology, which utilizes separate heel and forefoot platforms with Zoom Air cushioning connected with a carbon fiber plate in the midfoot for lightweight and responsive performance. The Air Jordan 28 was also later released in a second edition without the shroud, the Air Jordan 28 SE. This model reverted back to the original naming system of the Air Jordan line, designating it as the “XX8” instead of “2013.”

Air Jordan 29

Designer: Tinker Hatfield
Released: 2014
Original Price: $225

The Air Jordan 29 was the lightest Air Jordan signature shoe yet. It was the world’s first basketball shoe constructed in a fully woven knit upper, which provided ample support, natural movement of the foot, and durability in a lightweight material. The Air Jordan 29 also featured the Flight Plate technology used in the Air Jordan 28 before it. All together, it was the most advanced Air Jordan yet.

Air Jordan 30

Designers: Tinker Hatfield, Mark Smith
Released: 2016
Original Price: $200

Much like the design of the Air Jordan 29, the Air Jordan 30 featured a knit upper with the same Flight Plate tooling. The Air Jordan 30 featured an out of this world “cosmos” graphic and a bold “XXX” motif on the heels.

Air Jordan 31

Designer: Tate Kuerbis
Released: 2016
Original Price: $185

For the Air Jordan 31, the brand decided to pay homage to the original Air Jordan 1 by taking the iconic silhouette’s DNA and transforming it into a modern performance basketball shoe. The luxe construction of the Air Jordan 31 featured a blend of premium leather and Flyknit on the upper. The Jordan 31 released in colorways inspired by the Air Jordan 1, including the beloved “Banned” and “Royal” editions.

Air Jordan 32

Designer: Tate Kuerbis
Released: 2016
Original Price: $185

For the Air Jordan 32, designer Tate Kuerbis wanted to blend a nod to the past with a fresh look straight from the future, reimagining the design of the Air Jordan 2 with modern technology including a Flyknit upper. The resulting Jordan 32 features a mixture of high performance with luxury aesthetics. The launch of the Air Jordan 32 also marked the first time that an Air Jordan shoe was initially released in both a low and mid version at the same time.


The Future of Jordan Brand!

From the banned AJ1’s to the Jordan 13 He Got Game shoe, the Jordan brand has shown they think outside of the box. It’s crazy to think that this brand has been growing from Jordan himself to players like Russell Westbrook, Blake Griffin, Jayson Tatum, Kemba Walker, and their newest addition Zion Williamson. They are constantly changing the game and will continue to do so in the future.

These sneakers are still loved to this day. You will see hundreds, if not thousands, camped out waiting for a release of a Retro Jordan Brand shoe. The demand for these shoes is insane and, because of that, the shoe game has developed into a multi-million dollar industry. There are teenagers selling sneakers and making thousands off just one pair. When we think of the future of the shoe game, Jordans will always be the first ones that come to mind.

Yeah, Adidas has been on the come up and New Balance has Kawhi Leonard now, but Jordan is at the top. It’s a legendary name. They are always finding ways to improve and have a winning mentality.

When Michael Jordan came to the NBA, he took over the shoe game and took over the NBA. It’s crazy to think that, even to this day, he is still at the top. With the current state of demand for the Retro Jordans, I don’t think we will see a decline in Jordan Brand’s worth. It only solidifies that he will continue to rise and his shoe legacy will rise as well.